GB 1940 1hr 17mins Dir: Herbert Mason Starring: Michael Redgrave and Sally Gray
A construction worker thinks he sees a murder from a train
This decent little thriller includes a number of scenes on the sections of London Underground that are shared by Piccadilly and District Line services in the areas around Barons Court and Earl’s Court, as well as the Lillie Bridge dive under. Good shots of Underground trains feature, and these include a couple of shots of the older 1920s-built clerestory-type sets, a more modern oval-window unit, a shot of an R stock train, and a glimpse of 1923 ‘Standard’ stock on a Piccadilly Line service. Filming took place between Earl’s Court and Barons Court stations (the apparent murder taking place in a window of a flat overlooking the lines near Barons Court) and there are shots of the frontages of Westminster, Chiswick Park and Earl’s Court Underground stations. The shots of the train interior are studio sets. The opening scenes depict aerial shots of Hungerford Bridge and the elevated signal box of Charing Cross station is visible. Finally, the film makes excellent use of the construction site for the new Waterloo Bridge and there are a couple of shots of the narrow-gauge railway built to aid construction and a little Simplex diesel can be seen shuttling up and down. The film was a remake of the 1939 French movie Metropolitan and was released in the US in 1942 under the title Lady in Distress.